Artist and producer Benoit Carré is one of the veterans of AI-generated music, so his latest album is a useful snapshot of how this technology is developing. Carré worked with Sony CSL Research Laboratory on its ‘Daddy’s Car’ and ‘The Ballad of Mr Shadow’ tracks in 2016, and more recently released his ‘American Folk Songs’ EP in 2019, using creative-AI tools developed at Spotify to provide music for a cappella recordings by US folk singers.
Now Carré has released his new album ‘Melancholia‘ under his Skygge alias: an 11-track collection that once again used tools created by Spotifys CTRL arm – the internal lab run by AI researcher François Pachet, who led the Sony CSL team back in 2019. A longstanding collaboration, then.
If you, like us, are intrigued by what Spotify is up to in AI music creation tools, watch this short video where Carré explains how he works with them. It starts with him improvising a chord sequence on his keyboard, then using tools called Rhythm Transfer and Smart Sampler.
It’s interesting, and remember, Spotify has its own online music-making studio, Soundtrap, whose future these kinds of tools may figure in.